Herpetology is a field that very few people have knowledge on. It is for this reason that the Kenya Herpetofauna Working Group (KHWG) under Nature Kenya and the National Museums of Kenya, Herpetology section organised the 2019 Reptiles and Amphibians Biology course to create awareness on the conservation of these feared and less-appreciated animals.
The course involved theory work, laboratory practical sessions and field work; all with the aim of ensuring maximum understanding and participation of the students.
One of the major field works involved a practical session at City Park on 15th May 2019. The students met at the park where the session kicked off at around 8:30am. The students were divided into groups and each group assigned a facilitator to supervise and direct the students on key points when searching for and collecting specimens in the field. Time Limited Searches and Opportunistic Transects were used for data collection.
Reptiles found included:- Jackson’s/Kibonoto forest lizard(Adolfus jacksoni), Tropical house gecko (Hemidactylus mabouia), Wahlberg snake-eyed skink (Panaspis wahlbergii), Variable skink (Trachylepis varia), striped skink (Trachylepis striata) and Jackson’s chameleon also known as the Kikuyu three-horned chameleon (Chamaeleo jacksoni).
Amphibians spotted were the Anchieta’s ridged frog (Ptychadena anchieta), Angolan river frog also known as the Nutt’s river frog (Rana angolensis), Common reed frog (Hyperolius viridiflavus) and Scheffler’s puddle frog (Phyrnobatrachus sp).
Handling an Anchieta’s Ridged Frog (Ptychadena anchieta) [Photo|H.Nyambati]
Common Reed Frog (Hyperolius viridiflavus) [Photo|H.Nyambati]
The Kenya Herpetofauna Working Group highly appreciates the support given by the Friends of City Park and City Park staff. We look forward to returning during next year’s course.
-by Beverly Narilla